West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans is reportedly prepared to snub advances from Arsenal in order to pursue a move to Manchester City.
The Northern Irishman has been linked with a potential big-club move this summer following his impressive showing for the Baggies over the past two seasons.
Evans, 29, currently has two years left on his Baggies contract, but he has yet to reopen talks over a suitable extension amid the uncertainty over his future at the Hawthorns.
According to The Mail, the former Manchester United graduate is expected to knock back a late approach from the Gunners with the Citizens having courted their interest earlier in the summer. Pep Guardiola’s side have already failed with a £18m bid for the centre-back this month, but they are expected to up their bid significantly to come close to the Baggies’ £30m valuation.
On the other hand, Leicester City have also had a £21m bid rebuffed for the experienced defender but they are likely to pull out of their pursuit of the defender. Playing in the Champions League remains a dream for every footballer, and it appears that Evans is eager to return to the competition, although he may not be the first-choice in the starting lineup.
Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and Vincent Kompany have started in the back three for the Citizens this term, but Pep is still aware of the need for reinforcements with Eliaquim Mangala likely to pursue a fresh challenge this month.
Nevertheless, any deal for Evans could depend on the Baggies finding a suitable replacement after they missed on Kevin Wimmer who joined Stoke City from Tottenham Hotspur in an £18m deal. The Baggies are currently on the cusp of bringing a new full-back to their ranks after finalising a £7m move with Arsenal for experienced Premier League campaigner Kieran Gibbs.